HMS Vanguard, an updating of the Lion Class was the last
British battleship of a very long line and was the most able big gun
platform that the Royal Navy put to sea. Looking at the statistics, she
was a 44,500 tons, 814ft long ship capable of 30 knots, and she carried
8 x 15 inch guns in four turrets and was protected by a 14 inch armour
belt. She was commissioned in 1946 and then was broken up in 1960,
having a very short, and uneventful career essentially as a Royal Yacht.
As fine example of British engineering, and ship design that represents
a past age, I decided to buy the H-P version of the kit, prior to
the Samek release, for a nostalgic build, having seen the real thing at
Portsmouth in the 50ís.
The hull and detail look innocuous enough but
comparison with the line drawings in Raven & Roberts made me realise
that there was a major reshaping of the superstructure to be done. Armed
with saws, sanding blocks, fillers, and replacement parts, and after 18
months of perseverance, I have an almost reasonable representation of
the majestic ship. Honestly, I could have carried on for another year
trying to get things just so, but other projects beckoned. So here it is
H-P "funmodel" HMS Vanguard!